Fu­jian prom­ises to be­gin sup­ply­ing wa­ter to Kin­men soon

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The head of Fu­jian province ( ) on Wed­nes­day said his province would do its best to com­plete a pro­ject to sup­ply wa­ter to Kin­men ahead of sched­ule af­ter Tai­wan re­quested that the timetable be moved for­ward.

Tai­wan’s top ne­go­tia­tor with China, Lin Join- sane ( ), brought up the re­quest dur­ing a meet­ing with Fu­jian Gover­nor Su Shulin ( ) on Wed­nes­day.

Thank­ing Fu­jian to agree to sell wa­ter to Kin­men, a Tai­wan-held is­land group just kilo­me­ters off China’s south­east­ern coast that is of­ten short of fresh wa­ter, Lin said he hoped wa­ter could be supplied be­fore 2017 when the pro­ject is ex­pected to be com­pleted.

Work on the pro­ject be­gan this year, “but the sup­ply of wa­ter will not take place un­til 2017 un­der cur­rent plans. (I) hope the dead­line can be moved ahead,” Lin said.

Su replied that the Fu­jian side will do its ut­most to com­plete the wa­ter sup­ply pro­ject and be­gin pump­ing wa­ter to Kin­men as soon as pos­si­ble.

Apart from wa­ter, Kin­men has also asked Fu­jian to sup­ply elec- tric­ity and nat­u­ral gas and build a bridge con­nect­ing Kin­men and China, Su said. “These are things that peo­ple in Kin­men want and that Fu­jian is will­ing to pro­vide.”

Say­ing he was aware of Tai­wanese peo­ple’s wish for peace be­tween the two sides across the Tai­wan Strait, Su sug­gested the two sides should in­crease co­op­er­a­tion and re­duce con­fronta­tion.

“Con­fronta­tion can do noth­ing but cause dis­as­ters,” he said.

Lin, who chairs Tai­wan’s semiof­fi­cial Straits Ex­change Foun­da­tion (SEF, ), vis­ited Su a day af­ter he at­tended a meet­ing with his Chi­nese coun­ter­part Chen Dem­ing ( ), head of the Bei­jing-based As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Straits (ARATS, ), in Fuzhou.

In the latest sum­mit talks be­tween SEF and ARATS, the 11th round of for­mal talks be­tween the two bod­ies since 2008, the two sides signed agree­ments on dou­ble tax­a­tion avoid­ance and avi­a­tion safety.

SEF and ARATS are in­ter­me­di­ary bod­ies founded by Tai­wan and China to han­dle cross-strait af­fairs in the ab­sence of for­mal ties.

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